Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore & Others Go Make-Up Free For Calendar

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James Graham


Nov 30, 2016

A once ‘not-suitable-for-work’ calendar distributed to clients of an Italian tyre company has caught up with the times.

Following on from last year’s Annie Liebovitz-shot offering embracing age and body diversity, German photographer Peter Lindbergh continues in that vein for the 44th Pirelli edition.

Aptly titled Emotional, the black and white calendar features images of actresses spanning six decades, from Alicia Vikander, 28, to Helen Mirren, 71.

With all the women unretouched and fully clothed, the calendar deftly builds on 2016’s ground-breaking showcase of a very different kind of nakedness.

“In a time when women are represented in the media and everywhere else as ambassadors of perfection and youth, I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is a different beauty—more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests,” says Peter.

“A beauty that speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself, and your own private sensibility.

“As an artist, I feel I’m responsible for freeing women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection. The ideal of perfect beauty promoted by society is something that simply can’t be attained.”

When she heard that Peter was the photographer this year, Helen Mirren says she didn’t hesitate for a second.

“I thought they’d give me a black leotard or bikini and make my lie on a leopard print rug,” the movie star quipped at the star-studded launch.

“Peter makes it very loose, very organic, you don’t even realise we’re being shot.

“We’ve all got our slightly glazed eye red carpet poses, but it takes a great master like Peter to make you natural.”

Helen believes that the 2017 calendar should be used as a benchmark for young women.

“My advice for young girls would be to look at the Pirelli calendar,” she adds. “The reality is we live, we love, we continue, we contribute and that’s the role of women.

“It’s incredibly challenging for young girls these days and we must remind them that life goes on for a long time and you’ll be many things in that time.”

Nicole Kidman, who was also quick to sign on for the project, echoed Helen’s thoughts at the launch: “Female power is the courage to be yourself, to be able to walk into a room and be yourself.”

The other calendar subjects are: Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Lea Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, Zhang Ziyi and Russian professor Anastasia Ignatova.


By James Graham


With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum. James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens. He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea. Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media. When not writing, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.



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